Ryan Harris

Steelers relying on practice squad grads to produce

Jordan Dangerfield never lost faith, even as the months passed and the dreaded visits to Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin's office informing the safety he was being released from the team's practice squad piled up.

Three times between August 2014 and July 2015 Dangerfield found himself looking for work because the Steelers had needs in other areas. And three times they called back, asking Dangerfield if he wanted to put his hand in the pile one more time. Three times Dangerfield said yes.

"I know guys in the league that I played with that were in the same position," Dangerfield said. "I just had to be patient and wait for my time."

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